Report: Dolphins expected to promote internally for DL coach vacancy

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The Miami Dolphins have yet to formally make an announcement regarding the team’s vacancy at the offensive coordinator position, but we learned earlier this offseason that the team is reportedly set to name George Godsey and Eric Studesville as co-offensive coordinators in the wake of Chan Gailey’s departure from the staff in early January. And while all eyes are understandably on the offensive side of the football after the successes of the defensive unit in 2020, the Dolphins do still have a lingering vacancy on that side of the ball as well.

Miami’s prior defensive line coach, Marion Hobby, left the team this offseason and landed in Cincinnati to take on the same position — a move that raised some eyebrows amid the rest of the turnover and attrition to Brian Flores’ coaching staff. And here we are, several weeks later, and there has been no formal announcement of a hiring to fill the void left by Hobby.

It isn’t as though the Dolphins are above announcing coaching agreements. The team announced the hiring of QB coach Charlie Frye earlier this offseason.

So one can fairly assume the gig is yet to be filled. But ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe has a beat on how the Dolphins will proceed from here. And it is reportedly the same path the team took with the offensive coordinator role: they’re promoting from within.

Miami’s reported trend of promoting within the established pecking order of their existing coaches is one that seems to covet the continuity in messaging that Brian Flores can only really achieve by keeping his young assistants in place. There has been some turnover in each of the first two seasons of the Flores era in Miami — but by promoting coaches that already know the lingo, already understand the messaging and have already illustrated the desired coaching style Flores desires for his staff, he’s able to still keep the consistent voice to his players that will be helpful as this young roster continues to mature.